Talk Nation Radio for October 22, 2009
Dahr Jamail at ECSU, Eastern CT State University, Independent Journalism in a Time of War
This is part two of a two part show, page for part one is here
Special Thanks to Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT where this program was taped and also to: Prof. Helma De Vries, Political Science Dept., who coordinated the event, and the campus human rights group, as well as sponsor, Promoting Enduring Peace, PEP, a Connecticut based peace group. Video of this event here taped by ECSU audio visual dept.
Produced by Dori Smith
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Journalist Dahr Jamail spoke at ECSU, Eastern Connecticut State University, in Willimantic, Connecticut before a crowd of several hundred students, professors, and members of the general public at an event marking the UN's International Day of Peace, September 21, 2009. The program was sponsored by Promoting Enduring Peace based in Connecticut and campus groups including the campus human rights group.
Last week we heard Dahr Jamail explain how the US Military has been deploying or redeploying tens of thousands of US soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan. In many cases they are on their 4th, 5th or even 6th deployment. He mentioned an incident involving a US soldier who killed five fellow soldiers. One month after his comments, on October 21, 2009, Associated Press writers Chelsea J. Carter and Rebecca Santana, published a story about the condition of the soldier arrested in the killing in the weeks prior to the shooting. The report is here in PDF format.
Carter and Santana wrote that Sgt John M. Russell, had been unraveling for nearly two weeks prior to the shooting, and staff at the Camp Liberty Combat Stress Control Clinic, had called Military police on the morning of the shooting to say he was 'verbally noncompliant'. No one put him on 24 hour watch and staff at the clinic said there was no staff for that purpose. The Military Police did not arrest Russell that morning, and they ordered him returned to his unit instead.
You can learn more about the crisis for other soldiers on the 'treadmill' of war at Dahr Jamail's recent book, 'The Will to Resist, Soldiers who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghansitan' at his web site http://www.dahrjamailiraq.com or from the publisher, Haymarket Books. Dahr Jamail's previous book was, 'Beyond the Green Zone, Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq'.
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